NJNext.com Readers Donate $3,600 to Help Film Criticism Thrive in New Jersey


Stephen Whitty outside Bow Tie Cinema in Millburn, NJ, February 9, 2018


You like him, you really like him!

That much was clear from the resounding success of NewJerseyNext.com’s Kickstarter campaign to help fund renowned film critic Stephen Whitty’s contributions to our site.

Sixty-six backers funded the campaign, helping us to handily exceed our goal of $3,000 to bring in a total of $3,650. Loyal fans of Whitty’s reviews and criticism — as well as readers who appreciate the thoughtful, well-written arts, culture and lifestyle coverage NJ Next has brought to the table since its recent launch — showed their support. (Some will be receiving special prizes including free movie tickets and a chance to be Whitty’s “screening partner” at an upcoming film.)

Stephen Whitty outside Bow Tie Cinema in Millburn, NJ, February 9, 2018

Thanks to them, NJ Next will be able to bring you even more of his writing.

When the Star-Ledger recently phased out his position after 20 years and more than 5,000 stories, Whitty noted the sad fact that “a state with a rich cinema history, a vibrant present and a still exciting future,” would no longer have a single, full-time film critic.

His legions of fans and film buffs expressed their discontent loud and clear. So New Jersey Next co-founders and publishers Mary Mann and Carolyn Parisi asked Whitty if he would like a freelance home here, and lucky for us and his avid readers, he accepted. (He continues to also contribute to the Daily News and other media outlets).

Whitty has since predicted the Oscar winners (perfect score!), previewed the SOMA Film Festival and reviewed several films from “A Wrinkle in Time” to “Ready Player One.” 

Whitty has readers all over the world, but New Jersey is still his home: “I have folks who started reading me when I started who now have kids in high school following me; people who started reading me as kids and are now in film school or even pursuing movie careers. It’s hard to just say goodbye to an audience like that. And why would I want to? Who else would get my NJ Transit jokes?”

Of course, NJN is not funding Whitty’s reviews solely through this Kickstarter. Our site is beautifully designed to showcase banner ads, sponsored content, boosted calendar posts and other opportunities to monetize high-quality arts and cultural reporting and event listings in New Jersey.

To learn more about advertising your events on NJNext.com, see our media kit NJNext-mediaKitFNL-040418 or contact Caryn Emmons at caryn@newjerseynext.com or Shana Teitelbaum at shana@villagegreennj.com.

Thank you all for your support, and here’s to more terrific film journalism on NJ Next!